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First Nighter: London's Latest Private Lives Comes Cheerfully to Movie Screens

David Finkle | Posted 02.09.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Some plays need to look as if they're being performed with absolutely no effort whatsoever. They must seem merely tossed off. That's the fun of them. Perhaps the most famous example is Private Lives, the jazzy romantic comedy Noel Coward wrote in 1930.

First Nighter: Joe Orton's Astute Loot, Matthew-Lee Erlbach's Probing Handbook

David Finkle | Posted 09.21.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Can it be that one of the funniest and one of the most anarchic comic writers of the 20th century, a true member of the exclusive Sui Generis Club, is already forgotten? Not at the Westport Country Playhouse, he isn't.

Why Can't Art Be Instructive?

Carla Seaquist | Posted 03.16.2012 | Arts
Carla Seaquist

Why can't Art instruct? In addition to providing entertainment, consolation, beauty, and a reflection of our humanity by holding "the mirror up to nature," why can't Art also teach us a thing or two?

FILM: New Yorker On Elia Kazan's Storied Life And Career (And Boxed Set)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

As Elia Kazan walks to the microphone to receive his Honorary Oscar, about two-thirds of the room stands to clap. Warren Beatty is fighting back tears...